Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore announces he will run for U.S. Senate

Alabama Roy Moore

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. Attorney General.

Moore, who was suspended from the bench in September for encouraging probate judges to defy federal order and refuse marriage licenses to gay couples following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery. There he told reporters he’s resigning from his position as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court to seek the post..

“I’ll stand for the rights and liberties of the people,” Moore said.

Moore, is the first and only justice to have ever been twice suspended from the state Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, he aligned himself with President Donald Trump telling the crowd he wants to make America great again.

“My position has always been God first, family then country. I share the vision of President Donald Trump to make America great again,” Moore remarked. “We can make America great again, we’ve got to make America good again.”

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the Senate run is May 17. The primary vote is August 15. The special election is December 12.